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About forage

Forage connects diners to local fishers, foragers and farmers. Also featured? The handiwork of an eclectic crew of talented BC distillers, winemakers, and brewers. The menu is – first and foremost – delicious, but also reflective of Whittaker’s uncompromising commitment to local ingredients and building community through shared plates. Our service is designed for sharing many plates family style. So choose as many as you like, share some delicious food, and enjoy the best of what BC has to offer. Larger groups please contact the restaurant directly at 604-661-1400. Thank YOU!

1300 Robson Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 1C5
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Northwest, Contemporary Canadian

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday-Friday 630am-10am
Sat/Sun 7am-10am

Weekend Brunch: Sat/Sun 10am-2pm

Dinner from 5pm nightly


Cross Street:
Jervis St.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(604) 661-1400

Website:
http://www.foragevancouver.com/

Catering:
Forage Catering is manged by two lovely ladies, Forage Outside Catering Manager Allison Westbridge handles any catering done at any venue of your choosing 604-661-1416. Jacquie Bjorkes handles any bookings of our onsite private rooms 604-661-1419.

Parking Details:
Valet parking is available for a fee.

Public Transit:
1/2 block east

Executive Chef:
Chris Whittaker

Private Party Facilities:
From dinner parties and barbeques to weddings and corporate lunches, Forage will deliver the quintessential Vancouver experience to you and your guests. Forage and Forage Catering are zero waste not only will you serve your guests delicious, beautiful food, but they will feel good knowing that their carbon footprint got a little fainter while they enjoyed it.
We can come to you, or you can enjoy your special occasion in one of our private spaces.

Private Party Contact:
Jacquie Bjorkes: (855) 625-8594

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
The Legendary Forage Meat Draw--Sundays through Wednesdays. Draw at 8:30 every night. Hair of The Dog Brunch Happy Hour 9-10am Sat/Sundays.

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Forage is offering a festive family-style 4 course $60 (plus taxes, drinks, and grats) prix fixe menu only for dinner on Christmas Eve. ALL seatings are booked on a two hour dining time at 4pm/6pm/8pm.

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

Forage is offering a festive family-style 4 course $60 (plus taxes, drinks, and grats) prix fixe menu only for dinner on Christmas. ALL seatings are booked on a two hour dining time at 4pm/6pm/8pm.

forage Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

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4.4

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Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Local Ingredients (77)
Fit for Foodies (69)
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Good for a Date (56)
Special Occasion (44)
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Healthy (38)
Organic (37)
Seasonal (37)
Neighborhood Gem (36)
Good for Anniversaries (34)
Casual (31)
Good Vegetarian Options (29)
Great for Brunch (26)
Good for Groups (24)
Sunday Lunch (23)
Bar Seating (22)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Romantic (22)
Notable Wine List (21)
Comfort Food (19)
Cozy (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Hot Spot (17)
Tapas (17)
Worth the Drive (17)
Business Meals (16)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Fun (16)
Great for Lunch (14)
Tasting Menu (14)
Great Beer (11)
People Watching (8)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Quick Bite (7)
Vegan (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Disabled Access (3)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
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·Dined 2 days ago

As a couple of one strict veggie and one strictly no veggie it can be hard to find a restaurant where we can both get a meal that blows us away. Forage did this powerfully. We did our research for a special occasion and wanted a restaurant that not only provided great food and wine but did it with local, sustainable and well thought out food.

We pre-read the menu and were excited before even getting there. From the moment we walked in service was excellent seated in 5 mins (we were 10 mins early for our table).

Our server (Jackson) was on the ball and very happy to take the time to chat us through the menu and how the sharing plate concept works at Forage. Overall service was just excellent and attentive.

Upon hearing my other half was a veggie he made special effort to ensure their needs were met in terms of preferred and on preferred items and also some solid recommendations on the veggie front.

We had the pan bread and Gnocchi to start. Simply out of this world. Both of them. Never had Gnocchi as good.

For mains i had the Bison with hay-smoked potatoes.... just a wonderful looking and tasting plate of food. Cooked to perfection.

My other half had the roast cabbage and just a massive plate of awesome tasting and presented veg. I ended up eating a whole bunch of them too.

The wine menu is all BC VQA wine, as lover of Ozzie, Spanish and Argentinean big hitting Reds i did hold some fears in this regard. Boy was i wrong. A bottle of Burrowing Owl Syrah hit the pallet good and hard as was stunning. I will now be adding BC VQA wine to my list of things to get to know better in 2018.

Desert was a simple but dam tasty apple pie. Just lovely.

We have already made plans to come back in Jan to try all the other things on the menu.

Simply just go there. Food is amazing, decor and feel is great, food is stunning wine and cocktails are great. Cant recommend this place enough

Tags: Good for Groups, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Organic, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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 (Vancouver)·Dined 2 days ago

We had a great time! Good food good service. But the tables were too close to each other which at times felt uncomfortable.

Tags: Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (Dallas)·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent service and amazing food!

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·Dined 6 days ago

The Forage staff were attentive, knowledgeable and very welcoming. Food was fantastic with rich flavours balancing every plate. We look forward to visiting again soon

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Organic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Cozy
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 (Vancouver)·Dined 6 days ago

The service was excellent with the wine list limitations the staff was more than happy to provide options.
The food itself was well plated and super ceded my expectation.
I will definitely return with more friends,
Thank You

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Had a great meal at Forage as a single probably too much food but it was worth it. Some really good and interesting food on the menu and great if you are into that fresh "farm to table" experience

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Absolutely phenomenal spot for lunch with genuinely excellent food.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 12, 2017

There are some pleasant surprises for brunch. Brunchtime had many screaming children when we were there.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

This was my second visit to forage - and the second time I drove up from Seattle just to eat here. It was just as fantastic as I remember - warm ambiance, knowledgeable and very friendly staff, and excellent food. They truly understand how to showcase seasonal ingredients and find ways to make even cabbage something exciting to eat. But there is nothing pretentious about this place - there is an ease and comfort of the service that allow the staff to treat you as friends, not as meal tickets.
I took my father here - a foodie before the term existed - and he was blown away. We enjoyed oysters, local mushrooms, halibut, root vegetables, and chocolate galore. Every combination enhanced the natural flavors of each ingredient, not overshadowed. At one point my dad mentioned that we would be sharing a dessert wine at the end of the evening, and our server not only split the pour into 2 glasses without request, but when I was taking forever to drink my share, he brought a splash of an earlier wine we had enjoyed for my dad to sip on. CLASSY.
I will absolutely be making the trek back to this restaurant - for years to come, as I hope it will become be a Vancouver mainstay!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The night was so impressive with excellent service and food. The display and tastes of food were terrific and we all satisfied. It looked like small portions, but we ended up with a full stomach that cannot fit any desserts sadly. I will definitely come back to try other menus with dessert and want to try their awesome brunch :)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 11, 2017

A wonderful birthday brunch. Great food, service and atmosphere.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

I have been to Forage several times, each and every time it has been awesome. Very consistent. It has great atmosphere, great staff and excellent food. It's good for any occasion. If you're a foodie I suggest you check this place out. Thank you Forage!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 11, 2017

An appropriately attentive server, delicious food, refreshing drink, and a delicious chocolate dessert made for a lovely evening. Hope to have the opportunity to return soon to enjoy the other delightful sounding options on the menu, which I did not have room for this night. Appreciative of the coat check option they offered. Review the menu online, and if it sounds good to your tastes, you will not go wrong.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 11, 2017

It was first time at Forage and we will be back. The service was excellent and the food was outstanding. We had the Bison and the Halibut. Both were cooked to perfection!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The service is awesome... the food is very food, hope will get more variety.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 10, 2017

This was a great meal! I live in the neighbourhood and I'm not sure how I've neglected to go to this wonderful restaurant until now. The food was delicious and imaginative. The service was very good and the server helped us choose some yummy things for dinner. I hope to go back very soon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Paleo Friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 8, 2017

My friend and I travelled to Vancouver recently to explore the food scene. We chose Forage and had very high expectations. Though we expected amazing, our minds were blown by every aspect of service we received. From our incredibly knowledgeable server who paired our courses perfectly with mouth watering BC wines to the dedicated kitchen staff who obviously have a love and passion for their craft. Culinary skill translated in each bite. Without hesitation I give Forage five stars and would recommend it highly to anyone looking to treat their palate. Thank-you so much Forage for taking such good care of two travel worn American chefs from North Carolina.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 7, 2017

I've been going to forage regularly for the past 4 years, and have yet to have a bad experience. The service is always phenomenal, the food is incredible, and it's become a go-to spot for me to introduce friends visiting from out of town to the wonderful culinary options available in Vancouver.

If you've never been, the dishes are mainly served 'family style' - which means that you're expected to share the dishes. They may seem small, and you might want to order a few, but you'd be surprised at how filling the food can actually be. Since they serve them as they're prepared, you'd think you might end up with a ton of dishes on your table and no room to actually eat, but I've been very impressed with their ability to keep on top of what's been finished and can be cleared, as well as when to start prepping the next set of dishes so that you don't ever end up with any noticeable periods or gaps between deliciousness.

I can't say I've ever had their dessert, though...because I'm always so full up from all the amazing dishes I want to try whenever I go there. If you haven't been, you should definitely go!

As a vegetarian, my go to dishes are the mushrooms, the corn bread and the gnocchi...but I can say that I've brought many a meat eater there, and they've all come back raving about their land and their sea options (the duck and the bison, for example, always get rave reviews).

If you haven't been, yet, I urge you to go! It's an incredible experience that everyone in Vancouver (or visiting Vancouver) should try at least once.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Tapas, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Organic, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Just great! At one table people ate oysters, scallops, duck breast, bison, lamb, vegetables and everything was outstanding and locally sourced. The food was out of this world and the service incredible. Not to be missed.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Business Meals, Vegan, Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Excellent experience! Stephanie from Vancouver Island was a super wait person. We will definitely be back. Reservations very helpful here.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The cornbread is a must - honey and corn with a bit of kick. Also loved the gnocchi. Great spot for sharing a number of items so you get to try out more of the menu!

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 5, 2017

From start to finish this place delivers! Service fun, informative and prompt. Food amazing. Definitely will be back.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great evening at Forage.
Good food, Informed talented bar, really top notch service, best we've experienced in Vancouver.
Quite the opposite to what we experienced at blue water cafe, which was more of a loud party "scene" as opposed to a fine dining restaurant.

Keep up the great work, we will be back.

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 (Manitoba)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great dinner out at Forage - Food was outstanding - service superior - Good value for a great dining experience with local fare done in a creative way.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I booked this place solely based on reviews and was not disappointed. Great food and service in a sophisticated, but unpretentious atmosphere. The kale salad was delicious, as was everything else. Very attentive staff. We will definitely be back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

This was my second time to forage. First time was a dinner date (equally as fantastic) and today a brunch with friends. Brunch menu was phenomenal, it was hard to make a decision. Went for the bison hash, so complex and tangy and good.
I look forward to coming back here again. Great value and I love the use of all local ingredients.

Tags: Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Everything was wonderful, particularly the bison steak, which was cooked to perfection.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 3, 2017

My fav restaurant in Vancouver, and tonight was no different. Love this place!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Excellent experience overall, with knowledgeable staff who know a lot about their local food and drink offerings. The gnocchi are easily in my top ten best food items of all time.

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Amazing service. Food was delicious and came out in a timely manner. Duck was slightly under cooked but they took it back, further roasted it, re-plated and took a glass of wine off the bill. Gnocchi was to die for and the halibut melted in your mouth. Dessert was supberb and well balanced, wish I had more. Love this place.

Tags: Good for Groups, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Tapas, Good for a Date, Organic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 29, 2017

a wonderful gem and certainly worth visiting for dinner as well as brunch

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We had been referred to Forage by a few friends on our visit to Vancouver. We made it there on Friday night and had an absolutely lovely experience. The food was excellent, the service was excellent and the space was conducive to an enjoyable meal out with a friend. The wine recommendation that was made to complement my meal was spot on. We wouldn't of changed anything! Thank you Forage for adding a great meal to our Vancouver visit memories!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 28, 2017

First time at Forage, and didn't know what to expect. Menu is local (200 mile) and wine list is Okanagan. Bison carpaccio was amazing, great for sharing. Also shared the cheesy corn bread, comes in a little cast iron skillet, really good. We shared the duck too, which was very good. One suggestion would be to add veggies/greens to the entre. Our waiter was top notch, very helpful with the menu, and covered our table perfectly. We never felt rushed. Highly recommended.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Tapas, Special Occasion, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

The crab salad was delicious!
All the other food could have been outstanding (duck breast and lamb fettuccine), but came to the table barely warm. We wish we had sent them back to the kitchen.
The fettuccine had very few pieces of pulled lamb and was so smothered with pesto that it drowned out any possibility of being delicate to taste. And it was cold.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

友人とバンクーバーを訪れ、最後の夜のディナーにとちょっと贅沢しようかと思い、クラムチャウダーが美味しいと聞いたこのお店を選びました。
自家栽培の農家で取れた野菜を使い、新しい食材で作られたお料理だと思いました。

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 (London)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great service! We asked to just bring food over... chefs choice! Was not disappointed at all.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 21, 2017

First dining experience on my first visit to Vancouver and Forage was an excellent place for an anniversary dinner. The Albacore Tuna and Bison steak were cooked to perfection and paired well with the Pinot Noir.

We were expecting the steak to be more of the typical cut, not bite size pieces, especially for its price tag. But it was so tender and plated well, we'll just chalk it up as a new dining experience in a new city.

The ambience would've been perfect had it not been for the group of 12 women seated directly behind us. They were much too loud and roudy for that intimate place. Other than that, Forage was a great way to start our dining experience in this beautiful city. Thank you, Chef Whittaker!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Great delicious meals, wonderful service, very central

Tags: Notable Wine List, Healthy
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

This was my third time eating at Forage and I was pleased each time with the quality of the food and the great service. Will come back here again in the future and certainly will recommend to friends and family members.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Food is really good but for the cost the portions are small.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Casual, Cozy
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